NZXT PANZERBOX Reviewdamian - June 7, 2009
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This case looks simply amazing out of the box! The case is made of pure aluminum material making it one fine luxurious case. As stated, compared to most ATX form factor cases, the NZXT Panzerbox is 25% smaller and 50% lighter. This is definitely a case any LAN gamer would appreciate. The front of the Panzerbox can accommodate up to three drive bays, houses one massive 190mm fan and an aluminum mesh covering the front and top panel. Looking at the back of the case you will notice that it is liquid cooling ready, which means a radiator can be mounted at the top of the case by replacing the 190mm fan. The case also includes a rear 120mm fan that is attached to the removable motherboard tray - another valued feature. NZXT really strengthen this case with ventilation, as both sides sport a vent on the lower corners of the panel.
One neat feature I like about the case is that its front and top panels are coated in a sleek mesh surrounding. The far left side of the case is where the power button, reset button, HDD LED and Power LED are located. So far so good? Not so. With all quality material used for the build, the power button and reset button lack the most in this area. They feel as though they can break with the slightest push. This is not what I would expect from a case like this. Zooming in on the front I/O panel you see that NZXT includes two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks, and one E-SATA port.
The lower end of the case is a bit different from most standard ATX form factor cases. Instead of having to install the power supply with the unit facing down, NZXT designed this case so that the unit lies on its side. While this saves space, I fear this might intrude with cable management.